Thank you for your interest in participating in the Mardi Gla Pride Procession on Saturday the 4tth September 2021.
This pack provides guidance information for participants who are looking to be involved in the procession, be it as an individual or a group, walking or with a float:
For 2021, we will be returning with a march/parade/procession, whatever you want to describe it as, and we are currently working on the final touches at the moment to ensure the best experience possible however the key focus is on safety of everyone which will also ensure that full enjoyment and focus can be gained as this may be the ONLY Pride March in Scotland in 2021.
The details below set out what is required to register and participate. If details do change, this will be sent out prior to the event to the registrant.
You can register for the procession through the Mardi Gla website under the procession section at www.mardigla.org/march-registration, In your registration, you will be required to provide the name, email and telephone number of a Specific Point Of Contact (SPOC) as well as a mobile contact telephone number for the day of the procession.
Registration is required to be made by the following groups:
- Walking groups with banners/placards, or groups with more than 9 people.
Individuals and small groups of 9 or less without banners do not need to register and will be able to join in the community sections of the procession.
The current route is still currently being finalised however the march/parade will begin on Congress Road and make its way to Glasgow City Centre.
The full route will be confirmed nearer to the 4th of September 2021.
Safety and conduct
Unless otherwise advised, it will be a requirement for face coverings to be worn by all attendees with social distancing remaining in place.
Groups will be given an arrival time slot where your SPOC must check in for your group and safety get arranged in position confirming to social distancing requirements.
There are points in the route that Glasgow City Council may order that no music should be played and these will be identified prior to the procession.
This will be a continual march with no stopping however emergency Vehicles/Vehicles/floatss will be given right of way as we are using public roads.
The Mardi Gla team are working closely with a multi-agency team to ensure the success and safety of this procession for everyone. This team includes Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland, medical providers and more.
Mardi Gla fully recognise the Pride was born out of protest and encourage political participation however those that abuse, disparage or insult the work of the LGBT Co-op, Mardi Gla or any other participant will be withdrawn or removed from procession. We would also like to ensure that participants are aware of the following points to ensure positive and successful delivery of the procession.
- No nudity is permitted, nor flashing or exposure of areas of the body which are normally covered when out and about in public.
- No alcohol or drugs to be consumed whilst participating in the community parade. No alcohol should be carried in or on any float, or by walking participants. No participant should be under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance. This is a reminder that it is against Glasgow City by-laws to have opened containers of alcohol or to consume alcohol in the street.
- You must follow the guidance of your section leader at all times, if you have any concerns of issues, these can be directed to the section leader.
- Participants, including the entire group/vehicle, that break any of the conditions above may be asked to leave the procession at any time.
All participants must follow the guidance and requests by the Mardi Gla delivery team, other event stewards or police who are trained to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the march/parade for all.
All members of the march/parade group must arrive at the start point in their allocated time window provided, with their SPOC confirming their attendance.
If walking with a Vehicles/floats, the Vehicles/floats may be given an earlier time to arrive at the start point.
Registered participants of the procession with children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult who will be responsible for them for the duration of their time at the event. With this, the group must have a robust safeguarding policy and procedure in place, which may be requested prior to participation.
Parade participants must not be drunk or under the influence of drugs.
- Anyone seen taking illegal drugs will be reported to the police.
- Glass bottles or drinking glasses must not be brought into the form up area or parade.
- In terms of clothing, the minimum amount deemed acceptable is equivalent to standard swimwear
- No obscenities or offensive material can be presented in the Parade. If you think it could offend or not sure, don’t do it.
Soliciting donations or the collecting of money is prohibited.
Music is permitted to be played, at a reasonable volume on the parade route only, not in the form up area or in the points identified in the route plan which will be sent to the SPOC prior to the procession
All floats must meet the same requirements as identified for Walking Groups however they must also meet the following requirements.
For the safety and security of the event all vehicles must be;
- Legally roadworthy (MOT)
The group SPOC must provide the following details
- The name of the driver/Company which is providing the vehicle.
- The vehicle’s registration, make and model
- The driver’s driving licence number, if available.
- The vehicle/float will be checked on the day in the form up area for basic health and safety adherence.
Item relating to the vehicle/floats
- Any generators must be diesel or battery powered
- Electrical items must be PAT tested and certified
- CO2 or powder fire extinguishers need to be located on your vehicles/floats
- All materials used on or attached to a float or vehicle must be fireproofed
- Decorations must be firmly fixed to the float so that they won’t slip, move or fall during the Parade.
- Nothing must protrude from the side of the float
All stewards will be required to participate in an online training session. The SPOC will be required to give their name at the check-in point to confirm their attendance.
All groups entering a Vehicles/floats must provide stewards from their group. There is a minimum requirement of 1 steward on each side of the Vehicles/floats, however additional stewards may be included with one being placed in front of the Vehicles/floats.
Mounting and dismounting from a moving Vehicles/floats is not permitted except in an emergency as communicated by the procession management team
Those who are not on the Vehicles/floats, other than the stewards, must follow behind the Vehicles/floats, and not pass down the sides or move in front of the Vehicles/floats.
The procession is a great opportunity for groups and organisations to increase their awareness within the local community on their values of equality and the campaigns in which they are supporting. The organising committee promote this however ask that all legislative requirements are followed including, but not limited to, full ingredient listings on any foodstuffs, no distribution of open containers and that items are handed out, NO THROWING OR TOSSING FROM VEHICLES /FLOATS.
Litter & clean-up
We ask that you do not create litter during the procession. Please keep your rubbish with you, take actions to clear it appropriately through the procession and dispose appropriately at the conclusion of the procession.
Requirements for sections
To ensure the safety and smooth running of the procession, it is essential that the following points are met.
- All safety requirements noted above are met e.g. to throwing from floats or embarking/disembarking from moving float unless otherwise directed to.
- Groups register at the designated point which will be included in the advisory email.
- Groups are at their positions in sections at the specific point advised.
- Everyone enjoys themselves!
Costs for the March/Parade/Procession
Unfortunately, there are costs in organising larger scale events including marches/parades/processions and although these may seem minimal, by charging larger and commercial organisations with a budget capacity, it allows us to generate additional income to offer additional activities, ensure ongoing delivery for future years and also create support for those impacted by challenges when needed and available.
We always have and always will strongly support the idea that cost should never be a barrier to Pride and by having the charges below it allows members of the LGBT+ community and Allies to enjoy the march and any associated events without any paid for tickets ensuring that pride remains accessible for all.
We can also offer commercial opportunities should your organisation wish to support us further.
We have made it attractive to register early. There are three periods indicated below which afford reductions if registration and payment is made within them.
|Application||Period 1 Early By 23rd July 2021||Period 1
13th August 2021
31st August 2021
Not for Profit Organisation
|Not for profit Organisation Non LGBTQ+||£0.00||£0.00||£40.00||£40.00||£60.00||£60.00|
|Small Business Up to 50 employees||£200.00||£400.00||£250.00||£500.00||£325.00||£650.00|
|Large Business 50+ Employees||£400.00||£725.00||£500.00||£1,000.00||£650.00||£1,200.00|
Safety is our number one priority and we will work closely with all partner agencies to ensure that the right decisions are made regarding the current pandemic. By submitting a registration form you are also agreeing to this and we will keep people updated on social media and mardigla.org
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